Archives & Libraries

The Library at Louth will prove useful in your research.



  • The parish was in the Louth sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 646
1851 H.O. 107 / 2111
1861 R.G. 9 / 2381
1871 R.G. 10 / 3404
1891 R.G. 12 / 2608
1901 R.G. 13 / 3084

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Vedast and was built red brick and stone in Norman times.
  • In 1889, the interior of the church was fully restored.
  • The church seats about 182 people.
  • There is a photograph of St. Vedast's church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site, taken by Paul FENWICK.
  • Here is a photo of the church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1633.
  • We have a list of Rectors for 1600 - 1799 which you might find useful.
  • There are a handful of entries in our Parish Register Extract. Please submit your additions to expand it.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several Marriage indexes and a Burial index for the Louthesk Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Free Methodists had a chapel built here in 1867. For more on researching these chapel records, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • The Anglican parish church contains the Hamby Monument (on geograph org uk). which is a wall monument constructed around 1620, used by the CHAPLIN family who married into the HAMBY family in 1657.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Louth sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

This village and parish are about 3 miles south of Louth. The parish covers about 4,350 acres and includes the hamlets of Cadwell and Dovendale, both about 1 mile west of Tathwell village. The parish includes a small stream or beck that eventually empties into the River Lud.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Near Cadwell is "Tathwell Long barrow", surrounded by trees. At last report it had not been disturbed by ploughing or by archealogical projects.
  • John BEAL has a photograph of Tathwell village on Geo-graph, taken in 2007.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Tathwell which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Tathwell has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • The Lord Mayor of London in 1677 was Sir Francis CHAPLIN. The CHAPLIN family originated in Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk and it was through marriage that the CHAPLIN family acquired Tathwell.


  • Tathwell Hall is a mansion in the Italian style, built in 1841. It was long the home of the CHAPLIN family.
  • Cadwell Hall was unoccupied in 1900.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF321831 (Lat/Lon: 53.328156, -0.018625), Tathwell which are provided by:


Military History

  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in 2006.

Military Records

Wikipedia tells us this about the war memorial:

In memory of the men from this Parish who gave their lives in the Great War 1914 - 1919

Name Notes Name Notes
Arthur Butler   William Smith  
William Harris   Edward Standaloft  
George Janney   Joseph Westerby  
Ernest Smith   Herbert King Wood  
    George Woods  

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the Wold division of the ancient Louth Eske Wapentake in the East Lindsey district and parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's local governance, contact the Tathwell and Haugham Parish Council. They are NOT staffed to answer family history questions.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • After the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, the parish became part of the Louth Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Louth petty session hearings.


Year Inhabitants
1801 268
1811 326
1831 338
1841 365
1871 410
1881 422
1891 420
1901 372
1911 343


  • A Church of England School was built here in 1844 and also served the students of Haugham and Raithby parishes. The school was enlarged in 1873 and again in 1907.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.